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Children’s Cavities- What Can You Do About Them?

will it hurt  Children’s Cavities- What Can You Do About Them? Childrens Cavities What Can You Do About ThemOur mouths, including our children’s are full of hundreds of different types of bacteria. Some bacteria are helpful while others are not.  Some of those that are harmful facilitate tooth decay. Thankfully, you can help you children fight against tooth cavities with a few tips.

Use Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that prevents tooth decay. It can also stop or reverse early tooth decay. It protects the teeth against mineral loss in the tooth enamel and also replaces any minerals that have been lost.

Fluoride also reduces the ability of bacteria to make acid. Acid from harmful bacteria strips the enamel of its natural minerals and prevents it from repairing itself. As a result, the enamel is weakened and destroyed, causing cavities.

Your child can get fluoride from drinking fluorinated water from a community water supply or brushing their teeth using fluoride toothpaste. If your pediatric dentist thinks that your child is not getting enough fluoride, they can recommend a fluoride rinse, fluoride tablets or apply a fluoride varnish or gel to the teeth.

Watch what your child eats and how often they eat it

Cavities can easily be prevented by watching what your child eats. Bacteria in the mouth feed on starches and sugars and this gives them the opportunity to multiply and produce more acid that wears away the tooth enamel and eventually leads to tooth decay.

To avoid this, you can limit the amount of snacks that your child takes in between meals. Make it clear that sugary drinks, soda, cookies and candies are for special occasions, limit the amount of fruit juice and make sure that your child does not eat or drink anything with sugar before they go to bed.

Teach your child how to brush their teeth

You should encourage your child to brush their teeth at least two times a day. You should also supervise them when they are brushing. If your child is between 2-6 years old, you should put toothpaste on their tooth brush. A pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is usually sufficient.

Rather than swallow the toothpaste, tell your child to spit it out. Children under 6 years old may swallow toothpaste without knowing it. If your child swallows too much fluoride toothpaste during the years that their teeth are forming, they may develop permanent teeth dental fluorosis (white lines or flecks).

Take your child for regular check-ups

Taking your child for regular check-ups is beneficial because the dentist will:

  1. Apply fluoride varnish or gel if need be
  2. Show your child how to clean their teeth properly
  3. Check for early signs of tooth decay
  4. Remove dental plaque

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Dental Implants: Pros And Cons

upper jaw dental implants Dental Implants: Pros And Cons Dental Implants Pros And ConsEver since Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon Dr. P.I. Branemark discovered them, dental implants have greatly improved the quality of life for many people. They are titanium rods placed inside the jawbone and function the same way roots of teeth do.

In 2005, almost a million people had dental implants placed in their mouth in the United States. Many dentists nowadays recommend that instead of having a root canal or periodontal surgery, you get your tooth extracted and replaced with an implant. Although implants are usually more expensive than other types of dental care, they certainly have their pros and cons.

Pros Of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer permanence. Once the procedure for placing the implants is complete, your tooth is permanently fixed to the jaw and does not easily get loose.

You can decide what type of restoration is attached to the implants. For instance, you can choose dentures, bridges and crowns. The most common option for most patients is dental crowns. In instances where dentures or bridges are used, implants are used to secure both sides or one side of the restoration so that they are permanent. You also have the option of selecting an All-on-four procedure, which is a quicker implant option as compared to traditional implant procedures that require several office visits.

Implants are much more comfortable because they feel just like natural teeth. They are also much more comfortable than other dental procedures such as removable dentures.

When compared to dental bridges or dentures, dental implants offer esthetic benefits. Not only do they look natural but also they create beautiful smiles.

Cons Of Dental Implants

They are much more expensive than other dental options. Because of this reason, most people will opt for it as a last resort.

Not everyone is qualified for dental implants. Some candidates may not have sufficient bone structure to secure the implants. Thankfully, other options can be used to secure the implants and make the procedure a practical option.

From the initial visit to the time the implants are permanently secured to the jawbone, the you will require to go for several visits. As the tissues and gums heal, a temporary restoration will be attached to the implant.

The procedure can be a little uncomfortable for most people but it isn’t something that you cannot endure. When anesthesia is used during the entire procedure, you may experience little or no pain at all. As the implant heals, you will experience minor pain and swelling.

To sum things up, dental implants have their pros and cons but in some cases, it is the best and only option to replace missing teeth.

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Child Dentistry And The Importance of Your Child Flossing

Child Dentistry  Child Dentistry And The Importance of Your Child Flossing Child Dentistry And The Importance of Your Child FlossingMost parents know that they should encourage their children to adopt oral health habits and one of the habits they should enforce is flossing. Children should be taught how to clean their teeth as soon as their baby teeth start to come out. Teaching your child how to floss can be a little bit complicated.

Why Is Flossing Kid’s Teeth Important?

Flossing helps to get rid of plaque buildup in areas where a toothbrush can’t reach and in between teeth. If plaque isn’t removed early enough and starts to build up, it becomes hard and turns into tartar. When this happens, the only way it can be removed is by visiting the dentist.

Another benefit of flossing is that it prevents gum disease and decay. The point where the gum meets the teeth is where food particles usually get lodged. If it is not removed early enough, it can lead to gingivitis. The first stage of gum disease is red swollen gums. If this is not addressed early, harmful bacteria can easily spread below the gum line and cause periodontitis. This is a very severe disease which can lead to severe inflammation and eventually bone and tooth loss.

You should encourage your child to floss right before they brush their teeth. This will make it easier for the fluoride in toothpaste to reach in between teeth. After brushing, you can also encourage them to use mouthwash.

What Can You Do If You Are Having Trouble Showing Your Child How To Floss?

Flossing your toddler’s teeth can be very difficult because they are stubborn and have limited attention spans. There are plenty of ways that you can teach your child how to floss.

First, you need to establish a night routine. After brushing your child’s teeth, tell them it is time for you to check if their teeth are clean in between. If they let you floss, then you should consider that a victory; if it proves to be a challenge, you can floss every other night.

Show your child how you floss your own teeth and let them floss their teeth with you until they understand how it works. As they get used to the habit of flossing, it will get easier for you to convince them to floss.

Some children will find it easy to pick up the flossing habit while others will take some time. If your child is not able to use string floss effectively, you can get them to use floss pick. If they are still having a hard time flossing, you can ask your child dentist for guidance.

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Dental Crowns And Veneers- Which Ones To Choose?

teeth illustration  Dental Crowns And Veneers- Which Ones To Choose? Dental Crowns And Veneers Which Ones To ChooseDental crowns and veneers both cover decayed, damaged or cracked teeth. They add strength to your teeth and improve your teeth’s appearance. They can also be used to cover unattractive or discolored teeth.

The dental crown process is usually completed within two office visits. During the first visit, an impression is made on the teeth. A temporary crown is fitted while a permanent one is being created. On the second visit, the crafted crown will be fitted and permanently cemented into place.

Veneers also require two dental visits for you to get them fitted. The procedure for fitting a veneer is the same as that of fitting a crown. Once they are permanently fixed, they look and feel like natural teeth. Both processes are quick and painless.

How to choose dental crowns

By type

There are different types of crowns and not all of them can provide dental solutions to your type of problem. For example, porcelain crowns are ideal for the front teeth because of their natural look. Metal crowns on the other hand are much more suited to the back teeth because they are strong and can withstand a lot of chewing force.

By Durability

The material that dental crowns are made of is very important because it will determine on which teeth it will be used on. For instance, metal crowns fused with porcelain are not strong enough and can break or chip. Resin crowns are also made of ceramic or porcelain but they are also durable and are the least expensive.

By Cost

How much will your dental crown cost? Most insurance companies have policies that pay 50% the cost for fitting dental crowns. If you are paying out of your own pocket, it can be quite expensive. You can however, talk to your dentist about payment plans.

How to choose veneers

By Type

There are two types of veneers; prepless (lumineers) and porcelain veneers. Prepless lumineers do not require you to make two visits to the dentist because they can be installed within the first visit. The process requires minimal or no tooth structure to be removed so minimal work is actually done on the teeth.

This however makes the whole process of fitting prepless veneers a little complicated because your dentist has to work with the shape of your teeth.  Porcelain veneers on the other hand are much easier to fit.

By color

Porcelain veneers come in different shades of white. You can work with your dentist to select the right color of veneers that will make your teeth look as natural as possible. You should take note that once veneers have been fitted, they cannot be whitened. This is because the porcelain material cannot be whitened using tooth whitening procedures. If you want your veneers to be bright enough, consider asking your dentist to whiten your teeth first before fitting the veneers.

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